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Hammer to Fall, a Blake’s 7 fanfiction archive, and Bang and Blame, a Blake’s 7 post-series fanfiction and meta archive, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Founded by Oracne in 1998, Hammer to Fall was among the first multi-author Blake’s 7 fanfiction archives, and was also the largest for some time. Its sister site, Bang and Blame, was founded in 2000, also by Oracne, and focused on post-series fanfiction and meta. Both sites have been offline since 2010, but after the successful import of the Hermit Library, Oracne decided to resurrect the archives to keep the works available for readers and scholars.

Open Doors will be working with Oracne to import Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame into two separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all works currently at Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame to the AO3 after June.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Hammer to Fall or Bang and Blame?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Hammer to Fall or Bang and Blame pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Hammer to Fall or Bang and Blame account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the stories of Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame!

- The Open Doors team and Oracne

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Two Highlander fanfiction archives, Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest were Highlander fanfic archives that were started in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Their moderator, Daire, decided to move their stories to a more long-term home: AO3!

Open Doors will be working with Daire to import Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old site will redirect to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest to the AO3 after May 2017.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Daire's Fanfic Refuge or HL Raven's Nest?

We will send an import notification to the e-mail address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Daire's Fanfic Refuge or HL Raven's Nest pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archives
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the stories of Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Daire's Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven's Nest!

- The Open Doors team and Daire

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Death-Marked Love, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own - AO3.

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Background explanation

Death-Marked Love was a prominent Buffy/Spike website which was active from 2001-2007 and hosted a lot of fanfiction which was published during this era. Until recently the website was being privately hosted but was, unfortunately, shut down without notice. In order to preserve the stories which were hosted there, a lot of which cannot be found elsewhere, the decision has been made to migrate all the hosted fiction onto AO3.

Open Doors will be working with the moderator, Hils, to import the Death-Marked Love archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Death-Marked Love to the AO3 after May 2017.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Death-Marked Love?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Death-Marked Love pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Death-Marked Love account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the Death-Marked Love mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Death-Marked Love on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Death-Marked Love!

- The Open Doors team and Hils

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Least Expected, a J.R.R. Tolkien slash fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

In order to preserve the fannish history of Tolkien fandom as best as possible, the Least Expected archive will be recovered from storage and preserved as a collection on the Archive of Our Own. Least Expected was the first Tolkien fanfiction archive that welcomed slash fanfic, and was associated with the email list tolkien_slash (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/tolkien_slash). It was active from September 1999 through February 2002, and many of the stories in its archive don't exist anywhere else.

Open Doors will be working with Amy Fortuna to import Least Expected into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Least Expected to the AO3 after April.

What does this mean for creators who have/had work(s) on Least Expected?

We will send an import notification to the e-mail address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Least Expected pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive.
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Least Expected on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask Fanlore for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Least Expected!

- The Open Doors team and Amy Fortuna

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Pretty Lights, a multifandom actor RPF archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Pretty Lights was a multifandom actor RPF Secret Santa challenge which ran from 2005 to 2010. The archive for the challenge is now closing for financial reasons.

Open Doors will be working with diana, the archivist, to import Pretty Lights into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from Pretty Lights to the AO3 collection after March.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Pretty Lights?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Pretty Lights pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you've changed email addresses.
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself. (Including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet.)
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you can't access the email account you used for your original archive account, please let us know. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Pretty Lights on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Pretty Lights!

- The Open Doors team

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Born For War, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

Background explanation

Born For War was an archive for multifandom works (chiefly het fanfiction), opened by Delenn in May 2000. Originally it housed only Xena/Ares (Xena: Warrior Princess) works, but later expanded to include Max/Alec (Dark Angel), Angel(us)/Darla (Angel: the Series), and Spike/Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) works. For a brief period, it also housed works focused on Drusilla (BtVS/AtS), which were later absorbed into the respective show sections. In order to preserve the works that would have been lost when the archive closed in 2015, Open Doors will be working with Delenn to import Born For War into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from Born For War to the AO3 collection after January.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Born For War?

We will send an import notification to the e-mail address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Please contact Open Doors with your Born For War pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims. Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can. We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Born For War on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips. We're excited to be able to help preserve Born For War! - The Open Doors team

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Due South Archive (DSA) a due South fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Due South Archive (DSA) was opened in 1994, and accepted all types of due South fanfiction. To preserve access to the stories for new (and old!) due South fans, the archive will be moved to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with Speranza, the current archivist, to import the Due South Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from the Due South Archive to the AO3 collection after November 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Due South Archive?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Due South Archive pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Due South Archive on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve the Due South Archive!

- The Open Doors team

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The Quidditch Pitch

The Quidditch Pitch (TQP), an all-pairing, all-era Harry Potter archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Quidditch Pitch came into existence on October 31, 2005 with 30 authors and 40 members, and by 2015, had grown into a well-frequented archive with almost 500 authors, about 5,500 stories, and over 41,000 members. Unfortunately, that year the archive's hosting plan expired during a time when the mod, Annie, was not able to renew it, and the original archive was deleted by the hosting provider.

Using a backup of the archive, Open Doors will be working with Annie to import the original archive into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links that directed to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from The Quidditch Pitch to the AO3 collection after October.

What does this mean for creators who had work on The Quidditch Pitch?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your TQP works there, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won't import your works. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on mass-adding works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

2. If you don't already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on importing works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

3. If you don't already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator's behalf will be attributed with the creator's name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your TQP account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the TQP mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, or tutorials page. If these pages don’t offer the answers you need, you can contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Quidditch Pitch on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re pleased to be part of preserving The Quidditch Pitch on the AO3.

- The Open Doors team

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